Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference

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Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference
Publication Information
EditorPatricia Reynolds and
Glen H. GoodKnight
PublisherThe Tolkien Society (UK)
Mythopoeic Press (US)
Released1 January 1995
Preceded byMallorn 32
Mythlore 79
Followed byMallorn 34
Mythlore 81

Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference is a book which contains the majority of the material presented at the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference. It was published as Mythlore 80 (Volume 21, Issue 1) and Mallorn 33.


Section 1: Recollection and Remembrance

Section 2: Sources and Influences

  • Nils Ivar Agøy: "Quid Hinieldus cum Christo? - New Perspectives on Tolkien's Theological Dilemma and his Sub-Creation Theory"
  • Verlyn Flieger: "Tolkien's Experiment with Time: The Lost Road, The Notion Club Papers and J.W.Dunne"
  • Deirdre Greene: "Higher Argument: Tolkien and the tradition of Vision, Epic and Prophecy"
  • Virginia Luling: "An Anthropologist in Middle-earth"
  • Charles E. Noad: "Frodo and his Spectre: Blakean Resonances in Tolkien"
  • Gloriana St. Clair: "An Overview of the Northern Influences on Tolkien's Works"
  • Gloriana St. Clair: "Volsunga Saga and Narn: Some Analogies"
  • Chris Seeman: "Tolkien's Revision of the Romantic Tradition"
  • Tom Shippey: "Tolkien as a Post-War Writer"
  • Norman Talbot: "Where do Elves go to? Tolkien and a Fantasy Tradition"

Section 3: The Lord ofthe Rings

  • Marjorie Burns: "Eating, Devouring, Sacrifice and Ultimate Just Desserts"
  • Jane Chance: "Power and Knowledge in Tolkien: The Problem of Difference in 'The Birthday Party'"
  • Joe R. Christopher: "The Moral Epiphanies in The Lord of the Rings"
  • Patrick Curry: "'Less Noise and More Green': Tolkien's Ideology for England"
  • Gwenyth Hood: "The Earthly Paradise in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings"
  • Gloriana St. Clair: "Tolkien as Reviser: A Case Study"
  • Christina Scull: "Open Minds, Closed Minds in The Lord of the Rings"

Section 4: The Silmarillion

  • Alex Lewis: "Historical Bias in the Making of The Silmarillion"
  • Eric Schweicher: "Aspects of the Fall in The Silmarillion"

Section 5: Linguistics and Lexicography

  • Peter M. Gilliver: "At the Wordface: J.R.R. Tolkien's Work on the Oxford English Dictionary"
  • Christopher Gilson and Patrick H. Wynne: "The Growth of Grammar in the Elven Tongues"
  • Deirdre Greene: "Tolkien's Dictionary Poetics: The Influence of the OED's Defining Style on Tolkien's Fiction"
  • Natalia Grigorieva: "Problems of Translating into Russian"
  • Bruce Mitchell: "J.R.R. Tolkien and Old English Studies: An Appreciation"
  • Tom Shippey: "Tolkien and the Gawain-poet"

Section 6: Response and Reaction

  • Vladimir Grushetskiy: "How Russians See Tolkien"
  • Wayne G. Hammond: "The Critical Response to Tolkien's Fiction"
  • Jessica Yates: "Tolkien the Anti-totalitarian"

Section 7: Tolkien Studies

  • Helen Armstrong: "Good Guys, Bad Guys, Fantasy and Reality"
  • Christine Barkley: "The Realm of Faërie"
  • Christine Barkley: "Point of View in Tolkien"
  • Joe R. Christopher: "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Clerihew"
  • Edith L. Crowe: "Power in Arda: Sources, Uses and Misuses"
  • Chris Hopkins: "Tolkien and Englishness"
  • Carl F. Hostetter and Arden R. Smith: "A Mythology for England"
  • Nancy Martsch: "A Tolkien Chronology"
  • Tadeusz Andrzej Olszanski: "Evil and the Evil One in Tolkien's Theology"
  • René van Rossenberg: "Tolkien's Exceptional Visit to Holland: A Reconstruction"
  • Anders Stenström: "A Mythology? For England?"
  • Dwayne Thorpe: "Tolkien's Elvish Craft"

Section 8: Middle-earth Studies

  • Jenny Coombs and Marc Read: "A Physics of Middle-earth"
  • David A. Funk: "Explorations into the Psyche of Dwarves"
  • William Antony Swithin Sarjeant: "The Geology of Middle-earth"
  • Lester E. Simons: "Writing and Allied Technologies in Middle-earth"

Section 9: The Inklings

  • Charles A. Coulombe: "Hermetic Imngination: The Effect of The Golden Dawn on Fantasy Literature"
  • David Doughan: "Tolkien, Sayers, Sex and Gender"
  • Colin Duriez: "Tolkien and the Other Inklings"
  • Lisa Hopkins: "Female Authority Figures in the Works of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams"
  • Diana Lynne Pavlac: "More than a Bandersnatch: Tolkien as a Collaborative Writer"
  • Stephen Yandell: "'A Pattern Which Our Nature Cries Out For': The Medieval Tradition of the Ordered Four in the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien"

Section 10: Flights of Fancy

  • John Ellison: "Baggins Remembered"
  • Hubert Sawa: "Short History of the Territorial Development of the Dwarves' Kingdoms in the Second and Third Ages Of Middle-earth"
  • Angela Surtees and Steve Gardner: "The Mechanics of Dragons... An Introduction to The Study of their 'Ologies"

Section 11: Other Writers

  • Madawc Williams: "Tales of Wonder - Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Age of Jane Austen"
  • J.R. Wytenbroek: "Natural Mysticism in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows"
  • J.R. Wytenbroek: "Cetacean Consciousness in Katz's Whalesinger and L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light"


See also

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